“Aging” is something we frequently think of as happening at some nebulous point after we “grow up,” signifying a dark descent after our prime where our mental, physical, and emotional capacities all start to decline. But this idea ignores the fact that our brains are always capable of learning, changing, and synergizing ideas together in new and intriguing ways. Experience can bring great wisdom, and while it is true that our bodies change and become more susceptible to illness and injury the longer we live, there is much we can do to keep ourselves healthy and vibrant. Still, living in a culture that places the highest value on keeping up the appearance of youth and vitality can be exhausting, stressful, and undermining to our feelings of self-worth. Finding new ways to live whole-heartedly is part of the joy of living a long life, and we can rely on those who have walked this path before us for inspiration.
Connie Zweig, PhD, talks with host Tim Carpenter. Connie is a retired therapist, co-author of "Meeting the Shadow" and "Romancing the Shadow," author of "Meeting the Shadow of Spirituality" and a novel, "A Moth to the Flame: The Life of Sufi Poet Rumi.
Over two decades ago, beloved and respected rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi felt an uneasiness. He was growing older, and fears about death and infirmity were haunting him. So he decided to embark on mission to get to the bottom of his fears.
As we age, it may be difficult to have the energy to do daily tasks that we once enjoyed. Ann Marie Chiasson, M.D. describes what many call "chi" as a ball of energy we have in our lives. She also provides some simple tips for regaining your energy throughout life.
Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, noted Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that’s neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy—a...